Saturday, December 08, 2001

Man faces 267 felony counts

The Associated Press

        CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — A man who allegedly tried to defraud dozens of lenders and insurers with fraudulent disability claims has been indicted in Boyd County on 267 counts of insurance fraud and forgery.

        Gareth D. Blevins, 46, of Savage Branch in Boyd County, allegedly applied for dozens of loans, for which he obtained “credit insurance” that would pay a total of $335,000 if he became disabled, according to the indictment.

        Mr. Blevins then allegedly forged medical and employment forms to document disability claims in 1998 and 1999. He actually collected more than $145,000, the Department of Insurance alleges.

        Insurance Commissioner Janie Miller called it one of the most extensive cases of alleged insurance fraud because of the number of companies victimized and extent of alleged forgeries.


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